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|Scottish Gaelic: Uachdar Àrdair|
Auchterarder High Street in the sunshine: Star Hotel, Post Office and Town Hall
Auchterarder shown within Perth and Kinross
|Population||3,945  (2001 census)
est. 4,450 (2006),
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||Perth and Kinross|
|Lieutenancy area||Perth and Kinross|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ochil and South Perthshire|
|Scottish Parliament||Perthshire South and Kinross-shire|
Auchterarder (i//; Scottish Gaelic: Uachdar Àrdair, meaning Upper Highland) is a small town located north of the Ochil Hills in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, and home to the famous Gleneagles Hotel. The 1.5 mile long High Street of Auchterarder gave the town its popular name of "The Lang Toun" or Long Town.
In the Middle Ages, Auchterarder was known in Europe as 'the town of 100 drawbridges', a colourful description of the narrow bridges leading from the road level across wide gutters to the doorsteps of houses. The name appears in a charter of 1227 in a grant of land transaction to the Convent of Inchaffray  The Jacobite Earl of Mar's army torched the town in 1716, but it quickly rose to prominence again thanks mainly to the handloom industry.
In 1834, a controversy over patronage in the selection of a parish minister was the first in a chain of events which would ultimately lead to the 1843 schism in the Church of Scotland. The remains of this church – the tower – have recently been renovated, and there is a plaque explaining what the church used to look like.
The Burgh (Police) Scotland Act of 1892 bestowed Burgh status upon the town and a provost, two bailies, an honorary treasurer, Dean of Guild and six councillors were appointed to manage its affairs.
In 1983, Auchterarder was bypassed, along with Aberuthven, by the A9.
In 2008, it was revealed that Auchterarder had the two streets with the most expensive house prices in Scotland.
Auchterarder has many businesses. Most of these are locally owned including the Spar; two which are not are The Co-operative Food store and Lloyds Pharmacy. The town has a post office, police station, and several other amenities.
- Andrew Fairlie, two-Michelin-starred chef, lives in Auchterarder
- Eve Graham, singer with The New Seekers, was born in Auchterarder
- Stephen Hendry, seven-time world snooker champion, lives in Auchterarder
- James Kennaway, novelist, was born in Auchterarder
- John Rutherford Gordon, sometime editor of the Sunday Express, who latterly wrote a column frequently praising the common-sense of the people of the town
- "Comparative Population Profile: Auchterarder Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
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- Young, Alex F. (2003). Old Auchterarder, Blackford and Braco. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-84033-261-2.
- Middleton, Alison (2008-07-25). "Article - Auchterarder home to two most expensive streets". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "New Seekers star Eve Graham looks back 40 years after their greatest hit". Daily Record. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- "Stephen Hendry's profile". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 29 December 2011.